Industry China Eastern Airlines receives first A350-900
China Eastern Airlines has taken delivery of its very first Airbus A350-900 XWB long-haul aircraft.
The delivery was celebrated at Airbus´ delivery centre in Toulouse, France. With the delivery of its first A350, China Eastern Airline has furthermore strengthened its position as largest Airbus operator in Asia and the second largest in the world.
China Eastern has configured their A350 XWBs in a four-class configuration. The aircraft can accommodate four passengers in first class, 36 in business class, 32 in premium economy class and 216 passengers in economy class.
At first, China Eastern will use the aircraft on domestic routes within China, This will help the crew and ground staff to get used to all new procedures. After the testing period, the carrier will deploy its A350s to international destinations.
With the A350 comes a new level of efficiency and comfort to the long-haul segment. Airbus stated, that the state-of-the-art aircraft would be especially well suited for the demands of Asia-Pacific carriers. Currently, Air China, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Thai and Vietnam Airlines operate the A350-900 and A350-1000 in the Asian region.
The aircraft is being powered by newly designed and developed Rolls-Royce engines and features latest aerodynamic features, such as modern wings and winglets. Moreover, the aircraft´s fuselage and the wings are made of carbon fibre. Together, all enhancements incorporate better operational efficiency with 25% reductions in emissions and fuel burn.
At the end of October 2018, Airbus had an order-book for its A350 XWB programme of 890 aircraft. Recently, the manufacturer delivered the first A350-1000s to Qatar Airways and Cathay Pacific. Moreover, Singapore Airlines received its first A350 ULR (Ultra Long Range) aircraft to commence the route to New York.
China Eastern Airlines is a Chinese airline, headquartered and based at Shanghai. The cities´ airports are the carrier´s hubs. Secondary hubs have been installed at Beijing, Kunming, Qingdao and Xi´an. China Eastern operates with a fleet of nearly 500 aircraft, including 35 Airbus A319s, 195 A320s, 77 A321s, 47 A330s, one A350, 119 Boeing 737s, 20 777s and one 787.
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